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      Welcome!   03/05/2016

      Welcome, everyone, to the new 910CMX Community Forums. I'm still working on getting them running, so things may change.  If you're a 910 Comic creator and need your forum recreated, let me know and I'll get on it right away.  I'll do my best to make this new place as fun as the last one!

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  1. 4 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    I got accused of spreading tea porn in the Scribophile moderators forum.
  2. 3 points
    Don Edwards

    Story Wednesday October 18, 2017

    A rich Alpha Bitch would not be immune to the desire to have others demonstrate her dominance by bringing her gifts. And a less-than-rich Alpha Bitch can occur through sheer force of personality; most commonly, but not always, this person will be an oldest or youngest child in a large somewhat-dysfunctional family. On the other hand, a person who obviously has what it takes to be Alpha Bitch and obviously rejects the role (such as Susan) weakens the power of the role. This is good for other students who can't, or don't want to, play those games. Much the same is true on the male side, albeit manifesting slightly differently. Elliot, being obviously athletic (quite possibly one of the top athletes in the school) and apparently having little interest in school sports (plus having an obvious nerd and a couple of brainy non-cheerleader girls as his best friends), makes things a lot easier for non-jock/non-cheerleader schoolmates. Even without him making any effort to do so.
  3. 3 points
    FINALLY! I've been approved for the trial implant of the spinal stimulator which will hopefully get rid of my back pain! The implant surgery is scheduled for sometime on Wednesday, October 25th (yes, that soon!). They'll be implanting a trial Nevro HF10 spinal cord stimulator that operates at 10 KHz. The "test drive" will last about a week. If I like how it works, they can do a permanent implant later in a second procedure. I've been on the phone about it all day last Friday and once this morning. The office manager got back to me rather quickly today. Also today, I got a letter from Blue Cross with approvals for a ton of different procedures, each of which I guess will be necessary to implant the device. I think it'll be done outpatient, which is a blessing given my recent inpatient experience.
  4. 3 points
    CritterKeeper

    Things That Make You Happy

    Haven't done enough large animal to warrant my own cattle prod, but I may be able to dig up one of those tennis racket bug zapper things, I'm told they can really get someone's attention!
  5. 2 points
    mlooney

    What Are You Ingesting?

    Head ache more or less gone, and the rice/soup mix is a bit, well, soupy.
  6. 2 points
    4:21 p.m. CDT 20171021. This post could go in the "What are you ingesting" thread if it weren't for the accompanying pain. Had any of you heard about Arby's nationwide one-day rollout of Venison Sandwiches today? They did a three-store test last year, and apparently it was so successful that they decided to go national with it. I mentioned it to Mrs. Prof a few days back and asked if she'd drive me to it. "NO!" she said. She is anti-Bambi-as-a-dish and absolutely refused to drive me. I tried asking my son: he couldn't do it. As a last resort, I asked my best friend. I offered to pay for sandwiches for him as well. He switched around his schedule and said yes. I was getting very excited as V-day approached. Then my pain started getting worse. And worse. And much worse. I've ended up pulling sevens on the 1 to 10 scale in between doses of pain medicine. I wouldn't be able to go. I got onto Facebook and sent a message to him yesterday, telling him we'd have to cancel. "I'll do it for you," he said. I couldn't believe my eyes. There's my best friend for you. Sure enough, he showed up this morning with three Venison Sandwiches in hand, two for me and one for him. He beat the two-sandwich limit by going to two stores. I paid him for all three. We each enjoyed one—very, very tender (they were cooked sous vide) and with a delicious juniper berry sauce that went well with it. It was bigger than I thought it'd be. His opinion was that it was good, but he wouldn't order it every day if it were on the menu. My opinion? Good enough to order as a special treat. Arby's is testing an Elk sandwich in three stores this year. If they roll it out, I hope I'll be able to drive myself to get one next year.
  7. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    I won't have to torture you with *** TEA PORN *** any more, you'll be glad to know. I found a forum about tea (TeaChat.com) where I can geek out all day long about tea.
  8. 2 points
    Woo for surgery date! Wooo!! We're in the home stretch now.
  9. 2 points
    Pharaoh RutinTutin

    The Pharaoh Returns

    I am back and I am sorry for being away for so long. First, I'm certain the weather had many of you were worried about me. Let me assure you that even though Irma made a big mess here in Florida, I was not hard hit. I had to evacuate to a shelter a little farther inland called "Buffalo Creek Middle School". I know I've said this before, but a lot of places here in Florida sound like generic or fictional names. This was certainly no exception. Let me say that the Red Cross, along with the school district, the Sheriff's department, and the National Guard ran the shelter well. It could have been a lot worse. But if you ever look at news footage and see shelters full of cots, don't believe it. I spent three days with just a thin blanket over a cold, tile floor. One of my first purchases afterward was an air mattress with a battery powered air pump. Next, why is a crazy Danish princess attacking Ireland? Ok. I have a lot of comics to read and a lot of threads on which to mindlessly pontificate. This could take a while. But it would probably be unrealistic of me to request No Spoilers, so go ahead and talk about this, that, and the other thing.
  10. 2 points
    mlooney

    What Are You Ingesting?

    /me takes note. "I got that one..."
  11. 2 points
    The Old Hack

    What Are You Ingesting?

    Tea porn comes at a steep price.
  12. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    From today's post in the Scribophile moderator's forum: *** TEA PORN *** Having my first go at the 10g piece of 2005 pu-erh tea. Initial notes: Breaking it into two 5g pieces is not easy when you don't have a tea needle. My wife knows exactly when the worst time is to get in my way. Once I got the piece broken in half (with some shreds, alas) and my wife out of the kitchen, I got everything going: 5g tea rinsed in 12oz. water at 212°F. I immediately dumped the first rinse, then refilled the steeper with the same amount of fresh boiling water over the same leaves, then let it steep for 4 minutes. BTW, for my tea porn friends, I use an IngenuiTEA Teapot from Adagio Teas to steep. Don't let that be a turn-off: it works, and has for me for years. First steep results: strong tea, with a little astringency at the back of the throat. N.B.: I always have to let things cool down some, lest I fry my tongue. Today, I fried part of my tongue. Note two: it's hard to enjoy tea while one's wife is talking business on the phone (loudly) nearby. As it cools, the tea gives off a woody aroma. There are traces of woodiness in the taste as well as it cools. A slight warming sensation spreads throughout the upper body. It's at this point that I wish I'd committed a blasphemy. I have some amber crystal sugar that I got as a sample from Adagio Teas. It's like rock candy, except that it dissolves faster. A rock or two would be nice at about this point. I'm assured, though, from the description on Teavivre.com, that a rock candy sweetness will develop after about the third steeping. The last drops go down smoothly. Unfortunately, I'm left with a combination burnt tongue / astringent feel in my mouth. However, the bitterness isn't so bad if you're used to drinking unsweetened tea at the drive-thru (another blasphemy, I know, but spare me the carbonation and sugar). I'm looking forward to future steepings, but after 12oz. of a liquid that's old enough to have a driver's license, I need some rest at the moment.
  13. 2 points
    mlooney & ProfessorTomoe Shipping. We get it there come Hell or high water.
  14. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    NP, Wednesday October 18, 2017

    I don't know ... maybe this ... (Ashley <-> Elliot) ^ <---- (oo) Susan Catalina
  15. 2 points
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    ... and I didn't have to wait too long—just an hour or so since my last post, the mailman drops off the tea from China! And boy howdy, were they nice to me. In addition to the full Downy Dragon Pearls and Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea orders, I got the following samples: Aged Raw Pu-erh Brick Tea 2005 - 10g (ordered free sample) Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2011 - 10g (ordered free sample) Jasmine Snow Bud Green Tea - 7g (extra free sample) Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea - 7g (extra free sample) Organic Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea - 7g (extra free sample) My only regret is that I'd just poured a big, fresh glass of Crystal Light Tea with Lemon. It's okay. I feel a shutdown coming on, so after I wake up, I'll give teas a chance.
  16. 2 points
    The potted flowering plant made it to my friend's father's funeral. He called it "beautiful." Told his mother that he wanted it if she didn't. At least some good came from this.
  17. 2 points
    English muffin toasted. Topped with Tiptree Little Scarlett Conserve, which (according to the novels) was James Bond's favorite jam. That should give me a positive energy rush for a little while.
  18. 2 points
    The Old Hack

    NP Monday October 16, 2017

    mlooney shipping. We get you anywhere you can imagine as well as quite a few places you can't.
  19. 2 points
    There is nothing strange about that, old friend. You have been through medical hell and it is hard to believe that it may finally be nearing its end. I can relate to it -- all too well, in fact.
  20. 2 points
    mlooney

    Story Friday October 13 2017

    <nerd type = "Science Fiction"> Arguably? Star Wars is space fantasy full stop. No aspect of it makes it rise to as high as "SciFi", much less science fiction. It's very good space fantasy, but it's space fantasy never the less. I'm not saying that is a bad thing, just making sure what pigeon hole it goes into is properly identified. </nerd>
  21. 1 point
    detrius

    Story Friday October 20th 2017

    http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2412 Diane is the Mycroft to Susan's Sherlock.
  22. 1 point
    The Old Hack

    NP Friday Oct 20 2017

    Please. A proper Fennec fox looks like this.
  23. 1 point
    Scotty

    NP, Wednesday October 18, 2017

    Liz+Ashley+Goth Girl Elliot.
  24. 1 point
    The Old Hack

    What Are You Watching?

    Durn Mason-Dixon Line. It keeps shifting around. It's been impossible to pin down ever since that time when Carmen San Diego stole it.
  25. 1 point
    Recent discussion has reminded me of Anne McCaffrey's splendid Dragonriders of Pern series. I can only highly recommend it. Also worth mentioning is its spinoff Dragonsong trilogy, also by McCaffrey, which is more focused on the ordinary people of Pern than the dragonriders themselves.
  26. 1 point
    While writing on my book project (which is partly set in Germany, 1933) I had occasion to mention Hitler's Brownshirts. I inadvertently omitted the second 'r' in 'Brownshirts.' I feel horribly tempted to let the typo stand.
  27. 1 point
    Tom Sewell

    Story Friday October 20th 2017

    At this point, Dan should think about making Diane's last name actually being "Holmes." It sounds like the kind of funny coincidence the Will of Magic would like. And I like the way Dan has Susan say "brilliant" like Rhoda said way back in #864 on Grace and Ellen's first day of school.
  28. 1 point
    They had an interesting story on public radio recently. A guy taking a college course on government had to do a paper on Constitutional Amendments. He found a chapter on proposed Amendments that had been sent from Congress to the state legislatures for ratification, but had not been passed by enough of them to become Amendments. There was one, saying that Congress couldn't give themselves an immediate pay raise, it had to wait until at least after the next election to take effect. It was proposed in something like 1789, only ratified by nine states. So, he wrote about this for his paper. And got a C. He appealed to his professor, who declined to change the TA's grade. So, he determined that he'd show her -- he'd get the Amendment ratified! He started writing to state legislators. And writing, and calling, and visiting, and eventually he got someone to sponsor a bill in one of the needed states, and it passed. So he wrote, and called, and campaigned, until another state ratified it. And another, and another. It took him ten years, but the last state needed finally ratified the Amendment in 1992, and it became the 27th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. One guy. One very determined guy. And one professor who, when a reporter asked her if she had heard about this, or knew that he said he'd done it all because she'd given him a bad grade, was tickled pink that she had had a hand in changing the Constitution. She wound up submitting the paperwork at the university they'd both long since left, to get the grade officially changed to an A+.
  29. 1 point
    mlooney

    Things You Find Amusing

    Zooommmm Over my head it goes.
  30. 1 point
    partner555

    Things You Find Amusing

    When my mom asked what 50cents can afford nowadays, I said "the credit card surcharge".
  31. 1 point
    mlooney

    NP, Wednesday October 18, 2017

    That works. Of course we will need to add in Liz in college...
  32. 1 point
    The Old Hack

    Story Friday October 13 2017

    You might have expected that, seeing as that the Dragonriders series is a rare example of veterinarian science fiction. Naturally CritterKeeper would show up to defend it. (Heads off to the book recommendation thread to recommend the entire series)
  33. 1 point
    When this song was in the top ten on the Billboard chart, JFK was still alive.
  34. 1 point
    So we tanned his hide when he died, Clyde, and that's it hangin' on the shed ALL TOGETHER NOW Tie me kangaroo down, sport, Tie me kangaroo down Tie me kangaroo down, sport, Tie me kangaroo dowwwwwwwwn!
  35. 1 point
    hkmaly

    Story Wednesday October 18, 2017

    Do you really believe that 'charity' had any intention of benefiting them? I'm not sure people in that "charity" ever saw kangaroo with their own eyes. If there are any "people". May be private action of that single person. She's probably going to end up saying that, or maybe Diane will jump to that conclusion, on Friday. Diane does know that Ellen and Nanase knows Susan personally, they're the reason Susan and Diane are meeting. I wonder though if Diane knew that Adrian had been taken to the hospital the day of the "gas leak and crazed stalker from Ellen's past" and might assume that Adrian tried to protect Ellen. Hmmmm ... unless Adrian spent multiple days in the hospital, why would Diane know he was there? On the other hand, if she knows, yes, him trying to protect Ellen makes sense given the official explanation. We don't really know how rich or poor her adopted family was. My impression is that they were comfortable enough to adopted two kids, they're already putting one through college and they probably plan on Diane going to college as well. Diane doesn't have a job that we know of so we don't know if she's got her own income or still on an allowance. The fact that she has a card doesn't mean much, debit cards are easy to get and don't require a steady income. She is dating boys for money. No matter how much money her family has, SHE personally doesn't seem to have that much. Unless she's doing it just for sport and the money are way to keep score. The family might have enough money for two kids in college just because they were saving for that since they adopted them. Or maybe they just think giving her bigger allowance would be spoiling her. Diane already knows Susan know Ellen and Nanase. They helped them to meet. Better not mention Grace, yes - Diane certainly knows Grace is friend with Ellen and Nanase but Susan doesn't know about that. I would expect that potential is USUALLY magic potential. So far we know he picked following favourites: Nanase, Justin, Noah, Grace, Ellen, Edward, Noriko, Mrs. Kitsune. And yes, it seems Mrs. Kitsune didn't like to embrace her magic, although what happened with Noriko certainly didn't make their relationship better. She still rather send Nanase to the school he's teaching in ... was it because she realized it will be useful? Or because alternative would be having her in same school as Tedd?
  36. 1 point
    mlooney

    NP, Wednesday October 18, 2017

    OK, as part of the web of shipping: (Ashley -> Elliot) -> <- Susan <-Catalina
  37. 1 point
    ProfessorTomoe

    What Are You Ingesting?

    Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea. Two teaspoons steeped in 12oz. water for 2½ minutes at 192°F. I definitely need to let it steep longer. The suggestions on the tin said 1-5 minutes, so I played conservative. Got all smoke and little tea flavor. Still, every sip brings back memories of Central Texas barbecue joints that I grew up with, so that's a plus. Yeah, I never thought I'd say this, but it needs to be stronger! Wow.
  38. 1 point
    ProfessorTomoe

    The Pharaoh Returns

    She isn't crazy! She just has anger management issues. There is something rotating in the State of Denmark ...
  39. 1 point
    CritterKeeper

    Story Friday October 13 2017

    In modern general parlance, "SF" or "Sci-Fi" can broadly include science fiction, fantasy, and horror. "Science fiction" and "hard SF" can both be used to specify works consistent with the known laws of physics. "Soft SF" can include traditional science fiction tropes such as teleportation, telepathy, or faster-than-light travel and communication. "Space opera" or "galactic fantasy" is stuff that openly and unashamedly embraces fantasy elements within a space setting, like the Force. One reason for the broader definitions is that it's almost impossible to figure out exactly where the border between "science fiction" and "fantasy" lies. Some authors, like Piers Anthony or Anne McCaffrey, love to deliberately play with those borders, putting both settings in one novel or creating dragons through genetic manipulation.
  40. 1 point
    hkmaly

    NP Monday October 16, 2017

    Forgot about that. Me too. ... might Dan also forgot? Or did she failed to get known Susan during that time? ... or did she meant know in biblical sense?
  41. 1 point
    ProfessorTomoe

    Things That Make You Happy

    My second order from Teavivre has just today arrived stateside, in Chicago! @CritterKeeper, you think you can grab a cattle prod and hurry 'em up there?
  42. 0 points
    2:51 p.m. CDT 20171022. T-minus three days and counting until the operation, and it can't come too soon. I'm sitting here, watching the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, and I'm feeling the hydrocodone's effects slipping away like a tide rushing away from the shore. I've still got more than an hour before I can take another dose. There isn't a damned thing I can do that will alleviate the pain until then: walking hurts, sitting hurts, lying down hurts. Level 7 and rising. God, make it stop, please? EDIT: I took my pain medicine about 50 minutes ago. It's working, but I've got a bruised-like afterfeeling where my pain was. It's hard to describe. "Incomplete relief" is probably the best term. I still wish it'd stop. It's 4:43 p.m. right now, and my next dose isn't until 10pm. I doubt my pseudo-relief is going to last that entire time.
  43. 0 points
    Just shy of 3 years ago, I wanted to show a friend a video (mild NSFW warning) that disappeared off youtube. Since I had it downloaded, I uploaded it to my account. Not wanting trouble, I didn't give it any search tags or put it in any playlists. I thought "that should keep it nicely anonymous". Not quite. It got found (or gets periodically found) by a group of Japanese speakers. It has over 25,000 views. It has 38 comments (all in Japanese). A few of them are subscribing to my channel. I'm not sure what to do about that. Part of me wants to give them more content. Another part reminds me I don't owe anybody anything just because they subscribed. It's not like I'm monetizing my channel. I'm not looking for subscribers. These days I just collect videos I like and upload videos of my friends 4th of July fireworks. It's just odd.
  44. 0 points
    Badly thought out laws... in the US some years back there formed a notion that it would be better for parents to abandon unwanted newborn infants at hospitals or fire stations or other such places, as opposed to out in the woods or in a dumpster behind some restaurant, so laws were passed in a bunch of states allowing such abandonment (along with surrender of all parental rights) without legal penalty. One state neglected to put an age limit on the children thus abandoned. During the ten weeks before this oversight was corrected, 36 children who had already had their first birthday - and in quite a lot of cases their thirteenth as well - were abandoned in compliance with the deficient law. The oldest was 17. (But you do have to have some sympathy for the abandoning parent in that case - a recently-widowered father with nine minor children; he turned them all over to the state.) Six of those 36 children turned out to be legal residents of other states, so were sent back to their parents; presumably the suitable authorities of those states were notified.
  45. 0 points
    Got a phone call to remind me about my appointment with the psychiatrist tomorrow. This appointment has been three times rescheduled. I assured the receptionist that I would be there this time. Barring any suspected heart attacks, that is.